Stuart Symington - Quotes

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But the Air Force was sort of a bastard child of the Army, much like the Marines with the Navy. Everything had to be done over by the Army after it had already been done by the Air Corps, a mess. ---->>>

I believe the military should be wary of diplomacy until war is declared; then the State Department should keep its nose out and let the military do whatever is necessary to win. ---->>>

Well over fifty years ago I was making radio loudspeakers and radio sets in Rochester, New York; pretty young and inexperienced; but we survived the depression. ---->>>

Hardly had I left when we ran into the Korean war, doubled what I had asked for and doubled it again. I had told him I would stay in Government, be honored to, but not with the Air Force. ---->>>

In those days secrets were well kept. ---->>>

FDR had been Assistant Secretary of the Navy. They told me, now forgotten, just how many pictures of ships they took out of the White House after he died. But he could choose good men. ---->>>

My father-in-law was once Chairman of Military Affairs in the Senate, the latter part of the Wilson Administrations. He knew a lot about and was fond of the Army. ---->>>

The British were keen for 30 caliber guns, did not believe in daylight bombing. American experts said 30 caliber was not enough; we had to have 50 caliber, also said daylight bombing was right provided the planes attacked in formation, with 50 caliber guns. ---->>>

If civilians are going to be killed, I would rather have them be their civilians than our civilians. ---->>>

In real danger sometimes even a democracy can really keep a secret. ---->>>

I had learned many years ago in private business never to take responsibility without adequate authority; and the new Secretary of Defense, as budgets were sharply cut, quickly found that out. ---->>>

It all went back to problems we had talked about before, you know, such as the British not believing in formation bombing and not believing in daytime bombing. ---->>>

Later the Administration wanted me to actually sell all remaining surplus by running the War Assets Corporation. I said I couldn't do it without some shoe leather. ---->>>

Sure, you would lose more bombers without fighters, but, flying in formation, you could get the job done. ---->>>

Mr. Truman studiously avoided giving power to his White House staff that has been characteristic of recent administrations. Staff people in the White House, with no responsibility but incredible authority is one of the reasons we're now in so much trouble. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: June 26, 1901
Birthplace:
Die: 12-14, 1988
Occupation: Businessman
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William Stuart Symington, Jr. (; June 26, 1901 – December 14, 1988) was an American businessman and politician from Missouri. He served as the first Secretary of the Air Force from 1947 to 1950 and was a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri from 1953 to 1976.(wikipedia)